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Osbourne Park Combined Meet (12 November, 2016)

On Saturday, 12 November, the Drill and Athletic teams traveled to Osbourne Park High School to compete in the Osbourne Park Combined Meet. The teams put out a good showing at this final combined meet of this year’s season, placing Third in both Academics and the 8x200m Relay. Cadet LTjg Zachary Popp also tied for Second Place in the individual Academic score category. Despite not bringing home as many trophies as usual, the Drill and PT teams still managed to gain points toward the Area 5 two-event tally in many events, including UPI. Congratulations to all Cadets who stuck out the long day!

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Potomac Combined Meet (22 October, 2016)

On Saturday, 22 October, JRHS NJROTC traveled to Potomac High School in Prince William County to compete in the Second Annual Potomac Combined Meet. Facing tough competition from some of Area Five’s top units, the unit secured a first place win in Unarmed Exhibition Drill and a third place finish in overall drill. Hoorah Cadets! Job well done!

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JRHS Veterans’ Day Ceremony: Cold War Roundtable

On Friday, 4 November, 2016, JRHS NJROTC hosted the annual JRHS Veterans’ Day Ceremony. This year’s theme was in honor of all Veterans who served our nation during the Cold War and the Ceremony featured a Roundtable discussion with several veterans who answered questions submitted by James River students about their time in uniform. After the ceremony, the Cadets and veterans reported to the Memorial for a wreath-laying ceremony.

SPECIAL THANKS

  • Official Party:
    • Lieutenant Colonel Phil Koren, US Army (Ret.)
    • Lieutenant Colonel Matthew Ritchie, Virginia Army Reserve National Guard
    • Master Sergeant George Corbett, US Army (Ret.)
    • Specialist Carl Robinson, US Army (Ret.)
    • Dr. Jennifer Coleman, Principal, James River High School
  • Refreshments:
    • Center for Leadership and International Relations
  • National Anthem:
    • JRHS Chamber Ensemble
  • Color Guard:
    • c/ENS Aundrae May, Right Rifle
    • c/ENS Spencer Willett, American Flag
    • c/PO2 Clark Brandau, Navy Flag
    • c/PO2 Kiara Prera, Right Rifle
  • Armed Forces Tribute:
    • JRHS Orchestra
  • Light/Sound Direction:
    • JRHS Theater Dept.
  • Side Boys:
    • c/ENS Victor Bellamah
    • c/ENS Anthony Ing
    • c/CPO Quinn Lilly
    • c/CPO Thomas Kaupish
    • c/SN Gustavo De’Matos
    • c/SN Logan Easingwood
    • c/SN Joel Ezell
    • c/SA Stella Crump
  • Bosun’s Whistle:
    • c/SA Jesse Oliva
  • Bell Ringer:
    • c/CPO Devin Lowe
  • Escorts:
    • c/LTjg Emma Friedrich
    • c/LTjg Daniel Markey
    • c/ENS Alex Freeman
  • Memorial Walk Detail:
    • c/SA Jesse Oliva
    • c/SA Stella Crump
    • c/SA Savva Sidorov
    • c/SA Eric Alvarenga
    • c/CPO Devin Lowe
    • c/ENS Anthony Ing
    • c/ENS Spencer Willett
    • c/LTjg Thomas Shashaty

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Area Manager Inspection, 20 October, 2016

Each year, every NJROTC unit is required to undergo an inspection by a Navy officer to ensure that the Unit is operating as prescribed by NJROTC regulations. This year, we were fortunate enough to be inspected by none other than the Area 5 Manager himself, Captain Jim Daniels. Over the course of the day, Captain Daniels, the other military personnel who assisted with the inspection, and members of the JRHS Administration team and Cadet Parent Organization were briefed by Company Staff on the day-to-day operations of the unit, followed by a unit-wide uniform personnel inspection and a ceremonial pass in review. Several Cadets were awarded ribbons and frocked to new ranks in front of their parents. At the very end of the day, Captain Daniels stuck around to shoot targets with our Air Rifle Team. Below is a comprehensive list of the awards. If you have pictures or video of this event, please send them to our Communications Officer at commsjrhsnjrotc@gmail.com


AMI 2016

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Awards

Exemplary Personal Appearance Ribbon

This ribbon is presented to those Cadets selected during AMI by the Inspecting Officer whose uniform appearance is outstanding amongst their fellow cadets.

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c/SA Alvarenga, 2-Oscar Platoon

c/SN Davies, 4-Echo Platoon

c/SA Johnson, 4-Echo Platoon

c/SA Cramer, 4-Oscar Platoon

c/SN Easingwood, 4-Oscar Platoon

c/PO3 Morris, 3-Oscar Platoon

c/PO2 Prera, Platoon Leader, 3-Oscar Platoon

c/PO2 Yong, Color Guard Commander

c/SR Castillo, 2-Echo Platoon

c/SA Crump, 2-Echo Platoon

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Orienteering Ribbon

This ribbon is awarded to Cadets who have attended at least one orienteering event.

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c/PO2 Hayden

c/SN Wells

c/LTjg Velzy

c/SA Ebony Ross

c/SA Kaupish

c/SR Thomas

c/SA Ruffin

c/SR Hernandez

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Air Rifle Ribbon

This ribbon is awarded to Cadets who have participated in at least one Air Rifle Postal.

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c/SN Ezell

c/SA Kaupish

c/SA Reliford

c/SA Hernandez

c/SR Salazar

c/SA Kelchner

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Ranks

The following Cadets were advanced in rank. New ranks are reflected on this list.

Cadet Petty Officer Second Class Daniel Cappiello

Cadet Petty Officer Second Class Jack Pearcy

Cadet Lieutenant Junior Grade Zachary Popp, Communications Officer


Special Thanks

Captain Jim Daniels, Area Manager, NJROTC Area Five

Colonel Bill Barret, Acting NSI

Mrs. Joy Mullins, US Navy League

Ms. Marcie Terry, Assistant Principal, James River High School

Mrs. Laura Faulcon, Assistant Principal, James River High School

Mr. Kevin Brandau, President, JRHS NJROTC Cadet Parent Organization

JRHS Center for Leadership and International Relations

JRHS Yearbook Photographers

All Inspectors who assisted with the inspection process

All Parents who came out to support their sons and daughters

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Third Annual Rapids Run for Veterans 5k

On Saturday, November 5th 2016, JRHS NJROTC partnered with the JRHS Center for Leadership and International Relations to host the Third Annual Rapids Run for Veterans 5K. With participants ranging from Cadets to Teachers and other adults, the 5K raised funds for the Fisher House organization, which helps families of Veterans undergoing medical treatment away from home to have a place to stay. Each participant received a shirt and a special shirt was given to the top two finishers, military veterans, and a running club who came out to participate. The top finisher, James River Government Teacher Mr. Alexander Addison, also received a memorial plaque. We would like to thank that Cadets and Leadership students who volunteered and our Commanding Officer, c/LTCDR John Booker, for organizing this event. We hope to see many of the volunteers and runners back here next year as well.

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Knock Off The Rust Drill Meet (15 October, 2016)

On 15 October, 2016, JRHS NJROTC hosted the fifth annual Knock Off the Rust drill meet. Despite preparations for homecoming and AMI, the unit was able to keep the meet running smoothly. BZ to all cadets and parents who came out to assist with the meet. Results are listed below.

AWARDS

  • Academics: Second Place
    • Top overall individual score: c/ENS Zachary Popp

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  • UPI: Third Place

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  • Armed Exhibition: Third Place
  • Unarmed Standard: Third Place
  • Unarmed Exhibition: Second Place
  • Overall Drill: Third Place
  • Overall Meet: Third Place

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Varina Athletic Meet (24 September, 2016)

On Saturday, September 24th, the Athletic Team traveled to Varina High School to compete against six other teams in Push-ups, Sit-ups, Australian Trolley, 8x200m, and 16x100m relays. In addition, an Academic Postal test was administered prior to the meet. The team earned third place in Curl-Ups, second place in Academics, and third place overall. Individual honors were earned by Cadet Kiara Prera for the top female score in the Push-Up portion (56 push-ups) and Cadet Zachary Popp for second place score on the Academic Postal (74%). The full team roster is available below.

Sit-Ups

  • Males:
    • Winesberry
    • Thrower
    • Kaupish
    • Brandau
    • Price
    • Gibson
    • De’Matos
    • Richardson
  • Females:
    • Prera
    • Juarez
    • May
    • Williams
    • Janulis
    • Saunders
    • Ross
    • Keel

Push-Ups

  • Males:
    • Price
    • Winesberry
    • Alveranga
    • Gibson
    • Ruffin
    • De’Matos
    • Hayden
    • Wright
  • Females:
    • Janulis
    • Ross
    • May
    • Williams
    • Saunders
    • Keel
    • Juarez
    • Prera

8x200m Relay

  • Males:
    • Winesberry
    • Wright
    • Oliva
    • Ruffin
  • Females:
    • Prera
    • Williams
    • Juarez
    • Keel

16x100m Relay

  • Males:
    • De’Matos
    • Price
    • Cappiello
    • Richardson
    • Ruffin
    • Oliva
    • Gibson
    • Winesberry
  • Females:
    • Janulis
    • Ross
    • Saunders
    • May
    • Williams
    • Juarez
    • Keel
    • Prera

Australian Trolley

  • Brandau
  • Janulis
  • Gibson
  • Prera
  • Hayden
  • Friedrich
  • De’Matos
  • Saunders
  • Alveranga
  • Jackson

Academics

  • Bellamah
  • Popp
  • Booker
  • Markey
  • Ing
  • Cramer
  • Easingwood
  • Friedrich
  • Cappiello
  • Velzy
  • Shashaty
  • Willett
  • Brandau
  • Saunders
  • Freeman
  • Price

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Indoctrination Week (22-26 Aug. 2016)

Every year, just prior to the beginning of the Academic term, JRHS NJROTC hosts an annual orientation event for incoming Cadets known as Indoctrination Week. Throughout the course of this week, Recruits are essentially “shown the ropes” of the NJROTC program by our Cadre of upperclassmen Staff and Platoon Leaders, going through rigorous physical training,marching, studying basic military inspection knowledge, and learning military discipline and proper wear of the uniform while also learning about the many opportunities they will have in the unit during the coming year and building a sense of camaraderie that simply cannot be duplicated during the school year. The end goal of Indoc is to get the Recruits to work as a team and to instill in them the discipline and followership skills that are essential to good performance in the unit. Each of the five days of Indoc have a different focus, so each will be covered separately below.

INDOC 2016

Senior Naval Science Instructor: Commander Peter Greenwald, USN

(Acting) Naval Science Instructor: Colonel Bill Barrett, US Army (ret.)

Cadre:

c/LTCDR John Booker, Commanding Officer

c/LTjg Thomas Shashaty, Operations Officer

c/LTjg Sara Jackson, Admin Officer

c/LTjg Emma Friedrich, Supply Officer

c/LTjg Daniel Markey, First Lieutenant

c/LTjg Jackson Velzy, Raiders/Orienteering Team Lead

c/ENS Carter Saunders, Assistant Admin Officer

c/ENS Alexander Freeman, Weapons Officer, Air Rifle co-Team Lead

c/ENS Victor Bellamah, Academic Officer

c/ENS Zachary Popp, Communications Officer

c/ENS Anthony Ing, Chaplain

c/SCPO Kevin Juarez, Senior Enlisted Advisor

c/CPO Devin Lowe, Assistant Supply Officer, Platoon Leader (Third Platoon)

c/CPO Quinn Lilly, Honor Guard Commander, Platoon Leader (First Platoon)

c/CPO Thomas Kaupish, Platoon Leader (Second Platoon)

c/PO1 Spencer Willett, Assistant Operations Officer

c/PO1 Aundrae May, Physical Fitness Administrator

c/PO1 Neico Hayden, Raiders/Orienteering Team Representative

c/PO1 Gregory Gibson, Platoon Leader (Second Platoon)

c/PO2 Kiara Prera, Assistant Physical Fitness Petty Officer

c/PO2 Meily Yong, Color Guard Commander, Platoon Leader (First Platoon)

c/PO2 Clark Brandau, Platoon Leader (Third Platoon)

c/PO3 Daniel Cappiello, Drill Team Representative

c/SN Connor Davies, Air Rifle Team Representative

c/SA Ebony Ross, Air Rifle co-Team Lead

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Day 1 (Monday, 22 August): Orientation Day

At 0730 on what was sure to be another hot and humid August day, twenty one prospective NJROTC Cadets stood outside a simple pair of blue doors under the letters “NJROTC”. Through these doors lay a plethora of potential opportunities for these recruits, provided they had the mental and physical willpower to withstand the strenuous week which also awaited them. After receiving brand new, Navy-issued PT gear, the recruits assembled at the Memorial Circle with the Cadre for the raising of the colors, followed by a few housekeeping items before being split into three separate platoons under the command of either Cadets Brandau and Lowe (Third Platoon), Gibson and Kaupish (Second Platoon), or Lilly and Yong (First Platoon). The newly formed platoons then were run down to Robious Landing Park for a healthy dose of morning PT, led by Cadets May and Prera. Upon their return from the park, the platoons split off from each other for “stations”; one platoon practiced marching, one platoon received a safety brief from Cadets Freeman and Ross of the Air Rifle Team, and the remaining platoon was fitted for the uniforms they would wear at the end of the week, after which all three would rotate to the next station. After a short lunch break, the recruits were met by Commander Greenwald, Colonel Barrett, and Cadets Cappiello and Booker, who represented the Drill Team. Then, it was back to the Memorial for the lowering of the colors and dismissal.

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Day 2 (Tuesday, 23 August): Learning the Ropes

If the recruits thought it would get easier after the first day, they were quickly proven wrong when a simple check for paperwork quickly turned into disciplinary action in the form of PT. However, the rest of the day proceeded more smoothly for most of the recruits, mostly taken up by stations that were designed to demonstrate the different extracurricular teams which the recruits will be eligible to join during the school year; Tuesday’s stations focused on our Raiders Team (with Cadets Velzy and Hayden), Air Rifle Team (with Cadets Ross, Freeman, and Davies), and, of course, Drill with the platoon leaders.

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Day 3 (Wednesday, 24 August): The Ewing Olympics

Wednesday began with a welcome appearance by James River graduate and former Physical Fitness Officer Jesse Ewing, who heralded the arrival of a long-awaited competition: the Second Annual Ewing Olympics. Continuing the tradition started at Indoc 2015, the Ewing Olympics lived up and exceeded the expectations set the previous year. The platoons competed in events such as a relay, a push-up/sit-up contest, capture the flag, dodgeball, ultimate frisbee, and more. These events took up the whole day.

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Day 4: On the Trail

On Thursday, the recruits ran back down to Robious Landing park for a brief from Georgina Walmsley, a student at Maggie Walker Governor’s School and experienced orienteer. After spending an hour or so navigating the woods, the recruits returned to finish practicing the drill card they would march for their parents the following day.

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Day 5: Graduation

Recruits reported a half-hour earlier on Friday in order to get in some more practice on their drill cards. Despite trepidation about the lack of practice time over the course of the week, the recruits managed to nail down their marching just in time. Parents started to arrive at 1000, but the official inter-platoon competition began at around 1030. After the presentation of the colors and a fantastic performance of the National Anthem by Recruit Stella Crump of First Platoon, the drill competition began. Second Platoon, led by Cadets Gibson and Kaupish, ended up finishing first for both the marching and the Honor Platoon scores for the week, but all recruits excelled throughout the week. At the closing of the ceremony, all of the recruits were frocked to the rank of Cadet Seaman Apprentice, finally cementing their place as full cadets in our unit. Joining them in the frocking were Cadets Willett, May, Lowe, and Freeman, who received the ranks of Petty Officer First Class, Chief, and Ensign respectively. Pizza, provided by the generosity of our Cadet Parent Organization, was served for the Cadre, Cadets, and guests in the closed commons, accompanied by a short presentation on the extracurricular opportunities that will be open to the Cadets during the school year.

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We would like to thank all of our Cadre, recruits, and parents for their support and dedication. Thank you for making this a great week!

Walmart Fundraiser (12/13 August, 2016)

BZ to the Cadets who assisted with the Walmart fundraiser. Thanks to the generosity of Walmart patrons, we raised a total of $748.04. Despite the heat, the Cadets represented the Unit well both Friday and Saturday. A special HOORAH to Cadets Easingwood, Cappiello, Ross, and Shashaty for coming out both days to support. Finally, we would like to thank Chief Mack -currently in the midst of Chesterfield Fire Department Training- and former Cadets Tom Curran and Brian Hernandez for also coming out to show their support.

Air Rifle Team Awards

The air rifle team ended a great season this year with CDR Greenwald presenting Coach Ron Echols, a Marine Vietnam combat veteran and former USMC Rifle Team member with the Virginia Rifle League 1st Place Trophy.  Ron’s coaching laid the foundation for the team’s  stellar performance this season. 2016  marks the third season in the past four years that the team placed first in the Virginia Rifle League standings. The team and following cadets earned awards in addition to their Virginia Rifle League ribbons:

Team

Virginia Rifle League Championship

Cadet Frye

VRL Top Gun

VRL Top Gun – Prone

VRL Top Gun – Standing

VRL Top Gun – Kneeling

“Top Gun” Award

Cadet Ross

“Most Improved Shooter” Award

Cadet Freeman

“Most Valuable Shooter” Award

Crater Invitational “Top Gun” Trophy

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